The sixth volume of this series, edited by Janko Herak DSc, was presented at the CHF. The series is published by CAS Zagreb with co-publisher the Croatian Heritage Foundation. The book was reviewed by academicians Dragan Dekaris and Vladimir Paar. This valuable work is supported by grants from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

 

 

The sixth volume of the Distinguished Croatian Scientists in the World series, edited by Janko Herak DSc, was presented at the Croatian Heritage Foundation on 30 October. The series is published by the Croatian-American Society of Zagreb with co-publisher the Croatian Heritage Foundation. The book was reviewed by academicians Dragan Dekaris and Vladimir Paar, and features a cover by Krešimir Haluga. This valuable work is supported by grants from the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports and the Foundation of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts. The many who gathered for the presentation were greeted by CHF director Marin Knezović, Gabriel Herceg Sarajlić, head of the department for international cooperation, EU programs and projects on behalf of Minister Željko Jovanović and by Marina Ljubišić, president of the Croatian-American Society. The book was presented by CAS president Marina Ljubišić, academicians Dragan Dekaris and Vladimir Paar, and by Janko Herak DSc, the editor of this valuable book. The presentation of the book was moderated by Vesna Kukavica, head of the CHF publishing department.

This bilingual collection on 182 pages contains eight papers on eight of our top natural scientists that have achieved affirmation in foreign centres of excellence, from the United States and Canada to European countries. “Here we describe the scientific and professional achievements of eight scientists from the fields of mathematics, physics, astronomy and biomedicine, born and educated in Croatia (where some also earned their doctorates). They have all earned an international reputation, or at least made major steps in this direction, in the United States,” editor Herak noted in the preface to the book. He also expressed his hope that there would be a commitment and opportunity to continue studying this segment of Croatian science in the future, and that it would be committed to paper.
The co-authors who write about these fascinating scientific careers are renowned experts in the homeland: academician in the field of mathematics Sibe Mardešić; award-winning young mathematician and senior lecturer Josip Tambača DSc from the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Science; physicist Miroslav Furić DSc; astronomer Krešimir Pavlovski DSc; academician in the field of engineering and a professor of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Hrvoje Babić; Jelena Filipović Grčić DSc of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry; Vlatko Silobrčić, an academician in the field of the medical sciences; the current president of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Zvonko Kusić; and two articles penned by the editor of this series Janko Herak.

Janko Herak’s excellent volume describes the following scientists: Mladen Bestvina –of mathematics at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, a world renowned expert in mathematical topology; Sunčica Čanić– professor at the University of Houston, director of the Center for Mathematical Biosciences; Ivan Đikić– professor at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, director of the Institute for Biochemistry and director of the Institute of Molecular Life Sciences in Frankfurt; Željko Ivezić– professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, one of the most fruitful astrophysicists in the world and chair of the Science Council at the billion-dollar Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project; the late Josip Matovinović – former professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), the founder of the Croatian endocrinology and a world expert in goitre; Dušica Maysinger – a professor at the prestigious McGill University in Montreal, known for studying the interaction of nanostructures with living cells and the application of nanostructures in pharmacy and medicine; Dinko Počanić – professor at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville) and a renowned expert on the boundary between nuclear physics and elementary particle physics, known for highly accurate measurements in nuclear reactions; and Veljko Radeka, a long-time leader in the Instrumentation Division at Brookhaven National Laboratory (USA), acclaimed for the creation of instrumentation in nuclear physics and particle physics. His division develops optical sensors for LSST astronomy project!

Text by: Željka Lešić; Photos by: Snježana Radoš